In theory, a killer but not a serial killer. Gein
was heavily influenced by the memory of his religiously fanatical and controlling
wasnt a cannibal nor did he ever use the bodies for sexual gratification claiming
"They smelt to bad". Gein
killed the 2 women (both middle-aged
similarities to his mother or in the case of his first victim, the barowner, an opposite "dirty" version) and pillaged the graves around his hometown
Plainfield in order to create the bodysuit, a tapestry of different womens skin
(including a vagina) that he wore round his home and the surronding area.
underwent many physcological examinations after
and it is still highly argued whether he was criminally insane (which he was found
to be by the doctors). Some see Gein
as a cunning, tactful fox of a man who carefully hides himself behind his lopsided grin, whilst
others (throughout his life, the citizens
of Plainfield) percieved Gein
as a sort of village idiot.
His motive for killing could
also be argued however one could
guess, through just seeing his house
(his living area an absolute squalor including a sink filled with
sand, or the areas which he boarded up and isolated from
the rest of the house
- these where his mothers living area, kept
immaculately clean) that Gein
dug up the bodies and such and crafted
the women suit for 2 main reasons:
1) To gratify
and immortalize his mother, in a gesture of showing and tangibly
seeing how much he loved her, and having her be with
him instead of the terrible disheartining isolation
2) To get back at her, in a vegenful sense, for all the trauma and suffering she put him through with
his developing years. In a "Take-this-you-bitch" sort of way.
"Silence of the Lambs" - 'Buffalo Bills' skinsuit.
"Physco" - The controlling, insane, motherlike figure
dominating her son.
"Texas Chainsaw Massacre" - Perhaps the most influenced by Ed Gein. The squalor in which
the family leaves whilst some areas remain immaculately clean (The grandparents room with the little preserved doggy). Furniture like Gein who fashioned soup bowls out of skull caps, chairs
out of skin, drums out of skin, a drawshade made of human
lips. And of course, Leatherfaces mask
bearing striking resemblance
to Geins own 9-12 masks he had in the pileup of rubbish.